Currents of Change Award

Purpose

As an on-going recognition of collaboration between the University and its greater community, the Council for Community Engagement proudly highlights and celebrates partnerships that benefit students, staff, faculty, alumni, and our community partners on local, state, regional, national, and global levels.  Annually, the Council seeks nominations of outstanding university-community partnerships in four focus areas: (1) community engaged teaching, (2) community engaged outreach, (3) community-engaged research and (4) student initiated. One partnership from each focus area will be recognized each year. From these four projects, an overall Currents of Change Award will be presented to the partnership that best demonstrates integration of the teaching, outreach and research categories.

Focus Areas

To better identify community engagement, the Council for Community Engagement has provided operational definitions of the four focus areas:

  • Community Engaged Teaching – This area is comprised of community engagement projects involving teaching and learning activities that engage faculty, students and communities/community members in a mutually-beneficial and respectful collaboration. These activities address community-identified needs and deepen students’ academic and civic learning. Teaching and learning projects include, but are not limited to, service-learning courses.
  • Community Engaged Outreach – This area refers to community engagement projects that provide institutional resources or services to address a community-identified need. These projects can be on-going or one-time events that engage a university program or unit with a community partner. The project does not have to be connected to academic or research programs or objectives.
  • Community-Engaged Research – This area refers to community engagement projects involving faculty, students and community members in collaborative, respectful and mutually-beneficial research and scholarship activities. These projects address community-identified needs and are broadly disseminated to peers and the community. The community-based programs assessment can be provided in the form of program outcome measures as well as formal research-based metrics.
  • Student Initiated Community Engagement – This area refers to student initiated community engaged projects led by students in collaborative, respectful and mutually-beneficial research and scholarship activities. These projects address community-identified needs and are broadly disseminated to peers and the community.